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Greg Kerkvliet

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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I wish they'd marketed it the way it actually played out. There were some nice dunks, but it wasn't a contest in the traditional sense. Watching LaVine or Wiggins in the scrimmage reminded me of NBA Jam when the players would be constantly leaping towards the rim in hopes of an alleyoop. I never thought the Wolves would have players who made Martin and Brewer look muscular, and then I saw Wiggins and LaVine in person. It's certainly rare, though, to see a 6'8 small forward complete standing...

It was Bledsoe's agent using the Wolves to get a deal done with Phoenix. They were never close to a good match. Even if they had traded for Bledsoe, no one would have less use for another PG than the Suns.

While I don't want him teaching skills or decision making to anyone, he's fashioned a role stemming from the idea that effort is a skill, which could be positive. As much as many like to joke about his 51-point aberration, what he did last night was basically what he did in that game, and most of that is effort and playing within one's strengths.

My problem with the wings probably has more to do with too many duplicate skill sets. At this stage of his career, Wiggins is somewhat...

Anything happening right now is part of negotiating with an agent who wants them to overpay him. He doesn't fit the mold of a Flip point guard, but they don't have to do anything with him yet, and they don't have to worry about letting him go for nothing. It shouldn't be a shock that they'd want to see him play with these high flyers; he creates opportunities for others that most others can't, a crucial skill when none of his teammates can create their own shot.

Posted on 08/28/14 at 08:02 pm in response to Some assembly required for the new-look Timberwolves

Any expectations should be tempered by that. LeBron missed the playoffs in his rookie season, Durant and CP3 in their 1st 2. Wiggins will have to exceed expectations (to what degree depends on the expectations) to be in those guys' category. Vets will help with development, but it's basically the 2012-13 version of this team with more raw talent and fewer guys who don't deserve to be in the league (Johnson, Gelabale, Lee, Shved, Stiemsma, Hayward, Amundson).

As for shooting, there's...

Posted on 08/30/14 at 10:34 pm in response to Some assembly required for the new-look Timberwolves

It's not that I overlooked "suddenly" but more that I took it to mean "in the future" instead of "in the next few seasons." I don't expect either to shine from beyond the arc next season, but that would be a problem for a Wolves team with playoff aspirations (which I don't buy no matter what Flip says) than a team looking to win 35 games and properly develop their young talent.

With that said, I get that you can't respond to everything, but it is somewhat disheartening to see valid...

Posted on 09/01/14 at 10:54 pm in response to Some assembly required for the new-look Timberwolves

Look, I'm not expecting this team to be playoff caliber, as is clearly indicated in the initial comment. I understand that the conceit of the post is to debunk any PR from the team that it's possible and temper expectations. It's also about realizing what the team will miss without Love, which is something I've brought up in multiple comments. We disagree on how thoroughly the evidence was displayed and explained and agree that I didn't give you the benefit of my doubt.

Posted on 08/25/14 at 03:14 pm in response to Yes, it's OK to feel good about the Timberwolves right now

I was prepared to be secretly disappointed while trying to talk myself into whatever their haul was. As long as no one has unrealistic expectations of these guys, it could be a fun season. There were so many armchair coaches last season who made some absurd statements about how Adelman was holding back Derrick Williams (I guess Mike Malone did, too; maybe there's a reason why), Dieng (Foul. Machine. Early.), and Muhammad (a supposed scorer who was worse at the rim than Rubio). It's tough not...

It's extremely hard to replace a top-15 player in the league (I'm being conservative). I wish I knew what happened with the knuckle pushups and the locker-room atmosphere last season.

This trade, though, works. I don't have much interest in Bennett; if he was making what Shabazz is, then sure, but it's bad opportunity cost to have him on the team/payroll. Wiggins, obviously, was overhyped coming out of college, but he's not as bad as the analytics crowd thinks.

I don't see the...

Posted on 07/30/14 at 05:53 pm in response to It's entirely possible the Timberwolves won't be terrible this season

One thing this offseason could do is return Rubio to the role of offensive hub in the sense that he sets up most of the open looks instead of playing off of Love. A more-athletic team would definitely improve their weak transition defense, solidify their ability to challenge shots in the halfcourt, and possibly lead to only a modest foul-drawing dropoff with Love gone. If they try to turn Rubio into Terrell Brandon, this team will definitely be bad, but if they construct something that...